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Milton Glaser, the graphic designer who created the “I ❤ NY” logo and co-founded New York magazine, died Friday on his 91st birthday.He died of a stroke, his wife told The New York Times.A native of the Bronx in New York City, he got his start as an undergraduate at Cooper Union art school designing place mats with silk-screen designs for Wanamaker’s department store.He went on to become one of the most influential designers of the late 20th century, creating everything from magazines to advertisements to posters — including the iconic 1966 image of Bob Dylan with psychedelic hair commissioned by CBS Records to accompany the musician’s first greatest-hits album.Also Read: 14 Famous People Who Died on Their Birthday, From Shakespeare to Ingrid Bergman (Photos)The following year, he teamed up with editor Clay Felker to found New York magazine, where he placed his stamp on the look and design of the pages until 1977 (a visual imprint that is still felt in the current version of the publication).He also tried his hand at writing for the publication, collaborating with his friend Jerome Snyder, the design director of Sports Illustrated, on a food column called “The Underground Gourmet” that focused on inexpensive ethnic restaurants. The column led to both a guidebook and, in 1975, a cookbook.His “I ❤ NY” logo for a 1977 campaign to promote tourism to New York state became an instant hit with the public, reproduced on a myriad of products over the years.Read original story Milton Glaser, Designer of ‘I ❤ NY’ Logo and New York Magazine Co-Founder, Dies at 91 At TheWrap
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Dimitri Diatchenko, an actor best known for his role in the 2012 film “Chernobyl Diaries,” has died at the ago of 52, a representative confirmed.Diatchenko was found dead in his home in Daytona Beach, Florida, earlier this week. According to CNN, police were notified by Diatchenko’s co-workers after he failed to respond to messages.Police entered his home on April 22 and discovered Diatchenko’s body. A cause of death has not yet been determined, though a co-worker told police that the actor had suffered an electrocution on the job and had been taking time off to recuperate.Also Read: Jerry Bishop, 'Judge Judy' Announcer for 24 Years, Dies at 84Diatchenko was best known for portraying the tour guide Yuri in the horror film “Chernobyl Diaries,” starring Jonathan Sadowski, Jesse McCartney, Devin Kelley and Olivia Taylor Dudley. He also made a number of guest appearances on television, including on “Sons of Anarchy,” “CSI: Miami,” “Bones” and “Criminal Minds.”Diatchenko also lent his voice to several video games and animated series, including “Family Guy” and the 2012 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series on Nickelodeon.Read original story Dimitri Diatchenko, ‘Chernobyl Diaries’ Actor, Dies at 52 At TheWrap
James Drury, who starred in one of the longest running Westerns in TV history, “The Virginian,” has died. He was 85.His assistant, Karen Lindsey, shared the news on Facebook Monday, writing that he “passed away this morning of natural causes.” TheWrap reached out to his agent for additional comment.While his most famous role was “The Virginian,” Drury also starred in Westerns on the big screen, including 1959’s “Good Day for Hanging,” 1960’s “Ten Who Dares” and “Ride the High Country.” His other credits include “Love Me Tender,” alongside Elvis Presley, and “Bernardine,” opposite Pat Boone.Also Read: Shirley Douglas, Mother of Kiefer Sutherland, Dies at 86“The Virginian” was based on Owen Wister’s 1902 novel of the same name and ran on NBC for nine seasons, from 1962 to 1971. It was launched by executive producer Roy Huggins (“Maverick,” “The Fugitive”) and his father-in-law Frank Price, who would go on to run Columbia and Universal Pictures. Drury, along with co-star Doug McClure, was the only cast member to appear on all 249 episodes.Drury was born on April 18 in New York City and, at the age of 10, contracted polio. Just two years later, he began his professional acting career in a tour company of “Life With Father.” He then signed a contract with MGM in 1954, where he had roles in “The Tender Trap” with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds and the sci-fi classic “The Forbidden Planet.”Also Read: Honor Blackman, Who Played Pussy Galore in 'Goldfinger,' Dies at 94Additional TV credits include the series “Richard Diamon, Private Detective,” “Black Saddle,” “Death Valley Days,” “The Rebel,” “Wagon Train,” “Bourbon Street Beat” and “Perry Mason.”In 1991, Drury was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.See the Facebook post below.Read original story James Drury, ‘The Virginian’ Star, Dies at 85 At TheWrap
Lyle Waggoner, an actor known for starring on “The Carol Burnett Show,” died Tuesday at age 84.He died peacefully at his home on Tuesday morning surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to TheWrap.Waggoner was also known for appearing on the “Wonder Woman” TV series as Major Steve Trevor from 1975 to 1979.Also Read: Beatrice, Beloved French Bulldog on 'Modern Family,' Dies After Series Finale WrapThe actor appeared in over 170 episodes of “The Carol Burnett Show,” voicing various characters as well the announcer between 1967 and 1974.His first television credit was a 1966 episode of “Gunsmoke” called “Wishbone,” on which he played a character named Aikens. He also appeared in an episode of the original “Lost in Space” series, “The Barbara Eden Show,” and “The ABC Comedy Hour” before landing on “The Carol Burnett Show.”After that, he appeared on the TV series “Maude,” a few episodes of “The Love Boat” as well as the TV movie “The Love Boat II,” and an episode of “Charlie’s Angels” and “Mork & Mindy.”Also Read: Vin Diesel's Thriller 'Bloodshot' Earns $1.2 Million at Thursday Box OfficeIn addition, he appeared in a few episodes of “Happy Days,” “Murder, She Wrote” and in an episode of “That ’70s Show,” but he also took time off from his acting career to run a trailer-leasing business called “Star Waggons.”His last credit came in 2005 with an episode of “The War at Home.”Waggoner is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharon Kennedy, and his sons Jason and Beau.On Tuesday, Waggoner’s “Wonder Woman” costar Lynda Carter tweeted a tribute to him, praising his kindness early in her career.Lyle Waggoner was a memorable colleague and co-star, but he was also a friend. His kindness meant the world to me when I was very young and just starting my career. Lyle and I last spoke in 2018 and I’m so glad we had the chance to catch up. I will miss you, Lyle. pic.twitter.com/l1O1XOlzJJ— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) March 18, 2020Read original story Lyle Waggoner, ‘Carol Burnett Show’ Star, Dies at 84 At TheWrap
Mart Crowley, the Tony Award-winning playwright whose pioneering 1968 play “The Boys in the Band” became a groundbreaking landmark in representing gay life, has died at age 84.Veteran journalist Michael Musto announced Crowley’s death via Facebook on Sunday.Crowley had worked in the 1960s as an assistant to actress Natalie Wood, who encouraged him to write about the experiences of gay and bisexual men in what would become “The Boys in the Band,” depicting a Manhattan party that goes horribly wrong.Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)The play opened Off Broadway before the Stonewall riots brought new attention to gay urban life, and spawned both a 1970 movie as well as an acclaimed and starry Broadway revival in 2018 that featured out gay stars such as Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells. Crowley shared the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for the production.Netflix is planning to release a feature film version of the play later this year, produced by Ryan Murphy.In 2002, Crowley produced a sequel to the play, “The Men From the Boys” in which many of the characters gather for a memorial service. In addition, Crowley worked as a script editor and producer for the early ’80s ABC series “Hart to Hart” starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers.Read original story Mart Crowley, ‘The Boys in the Band’ Playwright, Dies at 84 At TheWrap
Andrew Dunbar, who worked as a body double for Alfie Allen’s Theon Greyjoy and a background actor on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” has died. He was in his 30s.Dunbar died suddenly at his home in East Belfast, Ireland, on Christmas Eve, according to the Daily Mail. No cause of death was made public.“To say we are shocked and saddened at the passing of Andrew Dunbar is an understatement,” the Ireland-based talent agency The Extras Dept. said in a statement. “We have so many fond memories of the years Andrew worked with us. He was so versatile we could cast him in anything, he was such a talented performer he would always end up being featured, and he was so adored that he was always requested by productions again and again.”Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Is Most-Tweeted-About Show of 2019, 'SNL' - Last Year's No. 1 - Falls Off Top 10 ListDunbar appeared on the final three seasons of “Game of Thrones,” beginning with Season 6’s “Battle of the Bastards.” In addition serving as a body double for Allen’s Theon and as a background performer in other “GOT” roles, he also appeared “Line of Duty,” “Derry Girls” and SYFY’s “Krypton.”In an Instagram story, Allen noted Dunbar’s passing, writing, “Extremely shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. To lose a loved one so young, I can only imagine what his family are going through. RIP Andrew xxx.”Pamela Smyth, who oversaw crowd makeup for “Game of Thrones,” also remembered Dunbar in a statement to Belfast Live. “Even among the thousands of extras that came through the crowd room on Thrones – Andrew always stood out,” she said. “Always professional and mannerly with a big broad beaming smile. A beautiful soul – he will be missed by all the GOT family.”Read original story Andrew Dunbar, Theon Greyjoy’s Body Double on ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies in His 30s At TheWrap
James “Radio” Kennedy, the inspiration for the 2003 Cuba Gooding Jr. film “Radio,” died early Sunday at age 73.Harold Jones, the former football coach at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson County, South Carolina, played by Ed Harris in the film, confirmed Kennedy’s death to the Anderson Independent Mail.The 2003 film centered on the relationship between Jones and Kennedy, a young man with intellectual disabilities and an infectious smile who had long been drawn to Hanna’s football program since showing up on the field as a teenager in the mid-1960s.Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2019 (Photos)He gained the nickname “Radio” for the transistor radio he kept with him at all times — and soon won acceptance from both the team as well as the surrounding community — where he became what the Independent Mail called an “unofficial 11th-grader” at T.L. Hanna High School for decades.“He became a fixture at football practices, standing passively and watching, until one day when he began to mimic the coaches’ signals and tried his hand at yelling out commands,” former T.L. Hanna High Principal Sheila Hilton told local TV station WYFF. “At that point, he could have been labeled a distraction and sent away. But he was not. The coaches embraced him, and as coaches came and went, someone would always take over in caring for him.”Anderson County’s embrace of Kennedy sparked a memorable Sports Illustrated story, which led to director Michael Tollin’s 2003 film — which earned both Gooding and supporting actress Alfre Woodward NAACP Image Awards.According to the Independent Mail, Kennedy continued to volunteer regularly even as he faced health issues in recent years — and twice led the Hanna football team onto the field this season with the help of a golf cart.Read original story James ‘Radio’ Kennedy, Who Inspired 2003 Cuba Gooding Jr Film, Dies at 73 At TheWrap
Brian Tarantina, an actor who was known for his roles on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Gilmore Girls,” was found dead on Saturday morning. He was 60.Tarantina was found in his New York City apartment by the NYPD, a police spokesperson confirms to TheWrap. The cause of death is unknown.“On Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at approximately 0040 hours, police responded to a 911 call of an unconscious male inside of 353 West 51 Street, apartment 11, within the confines of the Midtown North Precinct,” a spokesperson said. “Upon arrival, officers observed a 60-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, fully-clothed, on his couch. EMS responded to the location and pronounced the aided male deceased at the scene (his residence). The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation remains ongoing.”Also Read: Rudy Boesch, Original 'Survivor' Contestant, Dies at 91Recently, Tarantina appeared in Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” as Jackie, the emcee of the Gaslight comedy club where Rachel Brosnahan‘s Midge performs. He has also appeared on many TV series, including “Gilmore Girls,” “The Black Donnellys,” “Heroes,” “Law & Order” and “The Good Wife.”“For over twenty five years, Brian Tarantina has been in our lives. He was in Amy’s first pilot. And he’s been in every significant thing we’ve done since,” Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “He came in with that voice and that timing and he made every scene better. And weirder. Every moment was completely unique. You can’t describe a guy like Brian, you just had to be there. And lucky for us, we were. We love him and will forever miss him.”In addition, Tarantina’s long career in film includes “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Uncle Buck” and “Summer of Sam.” He most recently appeared alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in “The Kitchen.”Read original story Brian Tarantina, ‘Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’ Actor, Dies at 60 At TheWrap
Sam Bobrick, creator of NBC comedy series “Saved by the Bell” and writer for several classics TV shows of the 1960s, died Friday at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.His daughter, Stefanie Bobrick, shared the news of his death in a Facebook post.“Our dearly beloved Sam Bobrick, extraordinary playwright, husband, father, grandfather, pug father, brother, uncle, friend, mentor, and all around outstanding person passed away peacefully today, October 11, 2019, surrounded by family and friends,” she wrote. “He was as hilarious as he was kind and will be missed by all who knew him.”Also Read: Mark-Paul Gosselaar Says He Has Not Been Approached for Peacock's 'Saved by the Bell' RebootEarlier that day, she shared another post alerting family and friends that her father “had a massive stroke from which he will not recover.”“He is not in any pain and someone is with him at all times. He is not awake but if you have a message for him or a fond memory to share I will read it to him and share it with family and friends later on,” she wrote.Bobrick is known for having written four comedies that played on Broadway: 1970’s “Norman, Is That You?,” 1973’s “No Hard Feelings,” 1979’s “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s,” 1981’s “Wally’s Cafe.”Also Read: 'Saved by the Bell' Reboot With Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley to Debut on NBCU Streaming Service PeacockBut perhaps his greatest legacy is creating “Saved by the Bell,” which aired from 1989 to 1992, as well as “Saved By the Bell: The New Class,” which aired from 1993 to 2000. He also wrote two “Saved by the Bell” TV movies and “Saved by the Bell: The College Years.” Prior to that, Bobrick wrote for “The Flintstones,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Get Smart” and “Bewitched.” He was most recently attached to the upcoming 2020 “Saved by the Bell” reboot.Read original story Sam Bobrick, ‘Saved by the Bell’ Creator, Dies at 87 At TheWrap
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Bob Einstein, a two-time Emmy winner who has recurred on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm since its launch and created the wacky Super Dave Osborne character, died today in Indian Wells, CA. He was 76 and recently had been diagnosed with cancer. Best known to today's viewers for playing the serious, often surly but always hilarious Marty Funkhouser on Curb, Einstein was a foil for its creator-star Larry David. He appeared in nearly two dozen episodes of the series dating from…
Tributes are pouring in for Penny Marshall following news of her death.
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Beloved character actor from the Yiddish theater Fyvush Finke, who starred in the hit show Picket Fences and got an Emmy for it, has died at 93.